Business Card Development | ISTD Update

So while waiting for my turn to use the Large Format printer, I printed off and put together some business card designs. (They are very messy and sticky due to double sided sticky tape, but this will improve for submission and also bad photography here).

I went onto Moo.com, to see their colour values and their triplex cards, which look and feel amazing! I was assured by the sturdiness, in the sample pack. I want to eventually use an off white stock and a blue middle, to match my ident (seen on the front).

I have used Baskerville Semi Bold and a range of pantones (for the purple) colours, after testing them with a range of blue pantones. I’ve also tested Gill Sans, Helvetica and Futura in contrast to Baskerville.

Unsure on the layouts and which one to go for just yet, but I think I prefer the single offset J, but I will decide soon!

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Today’s Design Antics….

As part of my Professional Practice: Promotion and Employability unit, I have to design my own identity and promotional materials. Now those of you who follow Hotham Designs, you’ll notice my current icon. Yeah…. I am scrapping that from College…..

After four pages of sketches, and one page full of typefaces I have decided to stick with this circus / fairground style character. ‘J’ is the start of my name, I am part of a Circus Society, and I love to be playful and experimental with my design work so this is the perfect style for me to go with.

Obviously it needs work, so separate print layers with the cut out. I will also be digitally crafting this and hand painting it too, to see how the effect works. Then I can focus on the promotional materials, colours, and of course my portfolio site which I hope to hand code in HTML and CSS with a small amount of Java Script if I can get to grips with it in time.

Using woodblock printing inks and Greyboard this is today’s messy fun time!!! I enjoy using different mediums and I am finally getting back into it with my Major Project and this one too!

Watch this space for developments on my identity as a Graphic Designer!

Preparations & Freelancing

I haven’t really done an update in a while, so here’s what’s been happening this summer!

I have been dabbling in hand written typography, maybe not to a great standard but I will hopefully, with practice get better and more precise with my lettering. It’s actually quite enjoyable to do something different, which I hope to continue into the future.

I have also been preparing for the YCN Awards Ceremony, where I will be picking up my award as a winner in the competition. I am really excited as this is my first major design competition, and to win it as a 2nd year, in university is a fantastic achievement altogether! I am really proud of my self and this experience and opportunity has given me more confidence in my growing skills, as a Graphic Designer.

I have now started a new project, which will be really good experience for me. I have been commissioned by my uncle, to design a logo, some stationary and build a website for his building services and home improvements business. Having gained some experience and knowledge on a similar project at university, as an assignment, I can now apply this knowledge in professional practice! I’m also hoping to use this as an example in my portfolio to attempt to attract the eye of an identity and branding company in Guildford.

I’ll be updating this blog as I develop this project further, as is also good practice.